Details of Chargers stadium plan begin to emerge

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The Chargers Are Readying Their Own Convadium Tax Hike, But the Mayor’s Not on Board – Voice of San Diego
An appellate court ruling that was published yesterday may pave a way for the San Diego Chargers to use a Citizen’s Initiative to get the stadium deal they want in downtown San Diego, even if the Mayor doesn’t support it.

Chargers want hotel tax hike for $1.8B ‘convadium’ – San Diego Union-Tribune
The Chargers will ask San Diego voters in November to raise taxes on hotel stays to 16.5 percent from today’s 12.5 percent rate to help build a $1.8 billion hybrid stadium and convention center next to Petco Park downtown, said sources close to the team’s negotiations with lawyers, bankers and the hotel industry.

Paying for the project would fall solely upon hotel guests, the Chargers and the National Football League, unlike previous proposals that tapped general taxpayer funds for part of the financing.

Maurer ready to help bolster Padres’ bullpen –
Brandon Maurer came into camp hoping to win a spot in the Padres’ rotation, but he will start the season in the bullpen, a role he filled effectively last season.

The 25-year old right-hander made 21 starts over the first two years of his career, both with the Mariners, but he pitched exclusively out of the bullpen and appeared in 53 games for the Padres last season.

It will take everything coming together for Friars to defy expectations – San Diego Union-Tribune
All of the preseason predictions say that the San Diego Padres won’t be very good this season, but if the team gets a few lucky breaks along the way, it wouldn’t be the first time the critics were wrong in their baseball predictions.

AUDIO: Scott Miller On Takeaways From Cactus League & Why It’s Been Quiet From Lincecum Camp
Bleacher Report baseball writer Scott Miller talks with Darren Smith about what he’s seen from the Padres in Spring Training, and why Tim Lincecum hasn’t found a new home just yet.

Chargers approached about No. 3 pick trade – San Diego Union-Tribune
General Manager Tom Telesco, coach Mike McCoy and John Spanos, the team’s president of football operations, are among the Chargers officials in Florida this week for the NFL owners’ meetings. There, representatives from multiple teams have approached the Chargers with interest in acquiring their No. 3 overall selection, Telesco said. A trade down would afford the team extra draft picks to address its roster needs.

Why Mike McCoy Believes Melvin Gordon Will “Be a Better Player” & More from NFL League Meetings –
Melvin Gordon will be the first to admit his rookie season failed to live up to his own high expectations. He carried the rock 184 times for 641 yards, averaging 3.5 yards per carry without a touchdown in 14 games. Despite a disappointing first season, McCoy made it clear the Bolts firmly believe Gordon has a bright future and explained the reasons why the team is confident he will take a leap forward.

AUDIO: Steve Fisher: “We Want To Be The Last Team Standing In New York”
San Diego State Head Basketball Coach Steve Fisher joined Scott and BR to talk about beating Washington, Malik Pope possible leaving to the NBA, the emergence of Dakarai Allen and getting to New York for the final rounds of the NIT.

‘Nothing like it’: Emotions flow as MLB, Obama converge in Havana – USA Today
Sports, nationalism and politics made for a powerful mix on a day when President Obama sat alongside Cuban President Raul Castro in the box seats, 15 months after they announced a normalizing of relations between two countries that had been estranged for more than five decades.

It was the first visit to Cuba by a sitting president in 88 years, and the first time such a trip was paired with an appearance by a major league team. Emotions flowed freely before, during and after the game.

Jerry Jones said that it’s ‘absurd’ to link CTE and football – For The Win
These health concerns have already led to “early” retirements from Calvin Johnson, Anthony Davis and Chris Borland. Jerry Jones’ thoughts on CTE are a major problem if those sentiments are echoed elsewhere in the ownership community — it’s a refusal to accept that football needs a change.


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